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    1. Here's something a bit different! How about I show you all some neat tricks I've learned? I've used photoshop and others like it for about 17 years, and am mostly self-taught. Somewhere along the line, I figured out how to animate as well, and had a bit of fun learning how to make some interesting effects. However, I've never actually written a tutorial before... but I thought why not, haven't seen any on AF yet, I'll be a pioneer here. So I'm going to explain how to go about making this: 



      Pretty cool, huh? You can use it to make avatars, signatures, icons, whatever else. I'll try to keep this fairly user-friendly, but expect some semi-advanced stuff once we get to actually animating it. I recommend you at least familiarise yourself with Photoshop and its tools before diving into this.

      You will need: 
      Adobe Photoshop CS2
      Adobe Imageready CS2
      Both can be downloaded 100% free and legal here. (Serial numbers are provided.) Note: You only really need to download Photoshop CS2; Imageready should come bundled with it.

      Choose your base image. Pick something cool that would look good on a broken monitor. My subject for the purpose of this tutorial shall be Genos from OPM, because cyborgs are cool and stuff. I cropped it down to a signature appropriate aspect ratio.


      To begin, we are going to need to make a pattern to emulate a screen. To do this, create a new image (File > New) and just make a simple 1x2px with a transparent background.


      Set your foreground colour to black, and pick up your pencil tool, set it to 1px and fill in just the top half of the image. Zoom in if you need to. (Ctrl+0)


      Go to Edit > Define Pattern. Name it whatever and hit OK. No need to save, you can close the window if you like. Now you can open up your base image. I'm going to go ahead and start by desaturating it first (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) because it just looks better as a black and white image. Right click your Background layer and Duplicate. Name the new layer simply 'bg' and hide the Background layer. Just in case. Create a new transparent layer on top of 'bg'. Go to Edit > Fill and select 'Pattern' from the dropdown. Then choose the newly created scanline pattern. Click OK.


      Set that layer to 'Overlay' and then right click and 'Merge Down'. Ta-dah, we now have the basic image. Make a new transparent layer, name it 'line'. Take the pencil tool, set it to white, 5px. Drag it across very top of image while holding the shift key (this keeps the line straight.) Set that layer to Overlay. Run a Guassian Blur on it (Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur), about 5.0 radius. You can now hide 'line' for now. 

      Select 'bg' and duplicate it until you have 10 of them. Name them in ascending order: 'blur' 'motion' 'gradient 1' 'gradient 2' 'gradient 3' 'gradient 4' 'noise 1' 'noise 2' 'noise 3' 'noise 4'
      Then hide them all. Your layer panel should look like this:


      Hey, I didn't say there wouldn't be some work involved here. This is the part where we build up the animation frames! (Yeet!) 

      Select and show 'blur'. Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur, set the radius to 10. Done. Hide it.
      Show 'motion'. Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set the angle to 90 and the Distance to 15. Done. Hide it.
      Show 'gradient 1', set foreground colour to black and use Blending options > gradient overlay like so (ensure the gradient selected is Foreground/Transparent, NOT Foreground/Background!: ) 


      Boom hide that layer. Show 'gradient 2', repeat gradient overlay settings, except set the scale to 100% instead. Hide it.
      Show 'gradient 3', select the Gradient Tool (G) and set it black to transparent. Make two gradients by holding down the shift key and dragging it in the direction you want the gradient to go until you have a horizontal line still visible:


      Hol' up, don't hide it, we're not done. Open up the Liquify tool (Filter > Liquify) and select the Pucker Tool on the left. Adjust your settings and then click the middle to 'pinch' it.


      Ok, now we're done, now you can hide it. For 'gradient 4' we will use the gradient tool again, except this time we are going vertical, so just shift+drag the gradient left and right instead of up and down. Run motion blur on this after you do the gradient at 0 degrees, 15 distance to get this:


      Hide that one. Show 'noise 1'. Run Filter > Noise > Add noise. Check 'Monochromatic' and set the amount around 130%: 


      You can repeat this for the other three noise layers using Ctrl+F. The goal is to get varied results.
      Now save your work as a .psd file and back it up. It's time to animate this bad boy. Go to File > Edit in ImageReady and it will open the programme. You can close Photoshop now if you like. When IR opens, you will probably want to open up your animation panel and adjust your workspace. Go to Window > Animation. I recommend setting it up like this so everything is nice and snug:


      On the Animation panel, click 'Duplicate frame' to add a new animation frame. Note the numbers above the frames, I will be using them for reference so we don't get lost here. On frame 1, you should have ONLY 'bg' showing. The layer 'bg' should be showing for ALL frames. On frame 2, you should have only 'bg' and 'blur' toggled as showing.


      Add frame 3. Hide 'blur' and show 'motion'.
      Add frame 4. Hide 'motion' and show 'gradient 1'.
      Add frame 5. Hide 'gradient 1' and show 'gradient 2'.
      Repeat this until frame 11. 
      Add frame 12. Show only 'bg' and 'line'. Ensure that 'line' is still set to Overlay; if not, fix that now
      Add frame 13. Using the layer move tool, hold down the shift key and drag the line from the top to the bottom of the image. Now click the tween button with frame 13 still selected. Tween with previous frame, add 10 frames and ensure all parameters are checked. Click OK. 


      If you did it right, you ought to have 23 frames. Add frame 24, hide 'line'. Only 'bg' should be showing. Now add more frames until you have 30. The more of these basic frames you add now, the more space there will be between the screen blip animations. You can press the play button on the Animation timeline here if you want to preview what you have so far. Now would be a good time to add text or a border if you prefer. Any new layers you add now will automatically be present in all frames. =]

      When satisfied, you can save the GIF using File > Save Optimised As. Feel free to play around with settings, frames, even add a few more effects to get different results. And that's all! Let me know if anyone wants to see more tutorials in the future. And of course, questions and comments, requests, etc, are all welcome here.

      Slightly unrelated: Anybody know what I'm supposed to be using for tags? I suck at this. 

    2. Good day, fellows. I am happy that many new people are joining the forums lately, and becoming active, since we've lost a lot of activity of the most reputated members, so it's always good to have a backup മ◡മ .

      To my point of today: I know I am supposed to start acting more positively here, since my entries were getting very depressing, with my life apparently falling apart and all that,
      No more! - .... Oh, I just had to deal with my 'best friend' abandoning me for months and not giving a crap about my introvert personality and how it feels to be enforced into a group of people you don't like. That's what's happened lately. I was doing fine, progressing at school, making new friends here and in Discord servers, keeping up with my drawings, taking care of projects.. Then I'm forced into an interrogation by this person, and another of the friends from the same social group. The second one seemed to understand and never spoke of the subject again, which was how I felt about the first one. The first one... he had a breakdown today. He noticed just now that he's lost me forever, when I had been hinting it for months. Does he not notice when someone's constantly avoiding you at all costs? I lost all trust in him when he abandoned me for others without any explanation. Me, being sensitive as I am, fell to the ground and darkest pits of my mind. Later I went through other trouble with other people, falling for an imaginary love that was in no way possible the other way around, and well... These things happen. But heck, I despised this person's company so much after that happened that I had never felt so uncomfortable. I even wasted time hiding in the bathroom at school just so he would go have lunch with other people and I could go by myself, or leave school to go eat at a restaurant, away from him. 

      My point is that now he's promised to leave me by myself, after a serious and sincere chatter. I'm anxious for the end of this school year, since he leaves and won't be around next year. I really don't know what kind of things are supposed to make you want to avoid your best friend this way, but it's happened. And he cried in audio messages, and was I supposed to feel bad? I've been told by other good friends "no". He's just suffering the consequences of his selfish actions, and I should move on, and so I do! So I feel quite relieved in this moment, hooray. Happiness everywhere, I suppose, for real. I might not have a life goal, but that's kind of what makes me always so happy, having nothing big to worry about. Sure, I want to go to a university and all that, but I don't have a "dream" to accomplish before I die, at least for now, so all I have right now is more than enough to keep my mind steady and optimistic.

      Back to a subject actually concerning the Forums:
      Recently I've started building my own RPG in RPG Maker MV, and It's a really long-term project, I'm not in any hurry so I'm going to take my time. Still I've no idea of programming, so I kindly accept any volunteers to help with either javascript programming, pixel art for characters, items and tilesets, maybe someone to make some original music? (´∀`)
      So, without more boring things to read, I bid thee all farewell until any comments or personal messages concerning this come up (¬‿¬) .

      See you all around.

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